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Mall gunman was avid skater

COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) - The gunman who killed two people at a Maryland mall was a teenage skateboarding enthusiast who had no criminal record before he showed up at the shopping center armed with a shotgun, plenty of ammunition and a backpack filled with crude homemade explosives, authorities said Sunday.

January 26, 2014 | | Nation


White House: Obama could go around Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will work with Congress where he can and circumvent lawmakers where he must, his top advisers warned Sunday in previewing Tuesday's State of the Union speech.

January 26, 2014 | | Nation


Brutal cold returns to Midwest for extended stay

CHICAGO (AP) - A persistent weather pattern driving bitterly cold air south out of the Arctic will cause temperatures from Minnesota to Kentucky to plummet Monday, turning this winter into one of the coldest on record in some areas.

January 26, 2014 | | Nation


Crocodile takes 12-year-old Aussie boy, mauls another

DARWIN, Australia (AP) - Rangers resumed hunting Monday for a four-meter (13-foot) crocodile that snatched a 12-year-old boy and mauled his friend as they swam in a water hole in a popular Outback tourist destination in northern Australia.

January 26, 2014 | | Nation


Gang member gets 31 years for raping lesbian

MARTINEZ, (AP) - A Richmond gang member has been sentenced to 31 years in prison for joining the gang rape of a lesbian in 2008.

January 26, 2014 | | Nation


Student shot to death outside SC State dorm

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) - A student was shot and killed Friday outside an on-campus dormitory at South Carolina State University, and police were looking for four men who left campus.

January 24, 2014 | | Nation


Singing or sinking? Bieber hits new low

LOS ANGELES (AP) - For more than a year, Justin Bieber has had more tabloid hits than Billboard hits: The singer's music career has taken a backseat to his wild boy antics, and a new arrest for a DUI charge marks a new low for the Grammy-nominated pop star.

January 24, 2014 | | Nation


Small fire near Tahoe contained

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) - Firefighters hiked an hour through nearly a mile of thick brush early Friday to snuff out a small wild land blaze near Lake Tahoe, where authorities are bracing for an early start to a potentially dangerous fire season in the Sierra.

January 24, 2014 | | Nation


News from around the nation

OCCUPY PROTESTER OWES OREGON CITY MORE THAN $7,000: PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A woman in a photograph that became a defining image of the monthlong Occupy Portland encampment owes more than $7,000 for legal expenses from her unsuccessful lawsuit against the Oregon city.

January 24, 2014 | | Nation


Clogged pipe brings arrest in NJ casino fake-chips case

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Talk about a royal flush!

January 24, 2014 | | Nation


Woman on trial in pal's killing, fetus theft

BOSTON (AP) - A Massachusetts woman accused of beating and strangling her pregnant friend, then cutting the fetus from her womb, will face a jury next week almost five years after the gruesome crime.

January 24, 2014 | | Nation


Natural gas locomotives: Cheaper, cleaner

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The diesel-burning locomotive, the workhorse of American railroads since World War II, will soon begin burning natural gas - a potentially historic shift that could cut fuel costs, reduce pollution and strengthen the advantage railroads hold over trucks in long-haul shipping.

January 23, 2014 | | Nation


News from around the nation

COLUMBINE HIGH SCHOOL RECEIVES THREATENING CALLS: LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) - Columbine High School, where a school shooting left 13 people dead in 1999, went on high security alert after receiving a series of threatening phone calls, law enforcement said Thursday.

January 23, 2014 | | Nation


3 dead, 20-plus hurt in I-94 pileup

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) - About 30 vehicles, half of them semitrailers, collided amid whiteout conditions in a massive highway pileup that left three people dead and more than 20 others injured - at least one critically - in northwestern Indiana, police said Thursday.

January 23, 2014 | | Nation


How some young stars have fared following their arrests

LOS A NGELES (AP) - Justin Bieber's arrest Thursday on suspicion of driving under the influence and other offenses adds his name, and mug shot, to the gallery of stars who enjoyed early success and eventually ended up in handcuffs.

January 23, 2014 | | Nation


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‘Layaway Angel’ pays customers’ toy bills

BELLINGHAM, Mass. (AP) - Shoppers at an eastern Massachusetts toy store are getting an early Christmas present: All their layaway bills totaling $20,000 have been paid off by an anonymous woman dubbed "layaway angel."

December 12, 2014 | | Nation


New Comcast skyscraper will soar up to 1,121 feet

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - It will be pouring concrete in Philadelphia on Saturday.

December 12, 2014 | | Nation


Tribes wary of selling marijuana

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Many in Indian Country are wary of the idea of growing and selling marijuana on tribal lands, even if it could present an economic windfall and the U.S. Department of Justice says it's OK.

December 12, 2014 | | Nation


Studio head apologizes for Jolie, Obama remarks

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Oscar-winning producer Scott Rudin apologized Thursday for calling Angelina Jolie a "spoiled brat" and making racially offensive jokes about President Obama's presumed taste in movies.

December 12, 2014 | | Nation


‘Birdman,’ ‘Boyhood’ stay on track

NEW YORK (AP) - "Birdman" is soaring. "Boyhood" keeps growing. "Selma" is on the march. And "Unbroken" is... missing in action.

December 12, 2014 | | Nation


Celebrities react to nominations

Stars react to the Golden Globe nominations announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, California:

December 12, 2014 | | Nation


Did man chase & kick owl?

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A former TV pitchman in Utah known for his over-the-top personality turned his initial court appearance into a sideshow Thursday by being disruptive and combative with a federal judge.

December 11, 2014 | | Nation


Body found in car is missing mon

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A Southern California man was tackled as he began climbing over the railing of a bridge Thursday and police led his four young sons to safety, a day after his wife was found dead in the trunk of the family car.

December 11, 2014 | | Nation


Jurors convict man of killing girl found in dryer

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Jurors convicted a man Thursday of snatching an 8-year-old girl from a Topeka apartment, raping her, killing her and stashing her body in a dryer.

December 11, 2014 | | Nation


Hawaii envisions presidential library near Diamond Head

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii hopes it has an offer Honolulu-born President Barack Obama won't be able to turn down.

December 11, 2014 | | Nation


Congress losing last WWII vets

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress is saying farewell to its last two veterans of World War II, the member whose lodgings inspired Amazon's "Alpha House" show, a founding firebrand of the tea party, the senator dubbed "Dr. No" and a few dozen other lawmakers this week as another session of bickering winds down.

December 11, 2014 | | Nation


Indian tribes can grow, sell marijuana

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana on their lands as long as they follow the same federal conditions laid out for states that have legalized the drug, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday.

December 11, 2014 | | Nation


Man lost at sea for reconnects with son

HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaii fisherman who rode out massive waves and survived on raw fish while lost at sea for 12 days said the ordeal was worthwhile because it led to him reconnecting with the son he'd lost touch with for years.

December 11, 2014 | | Nation


New HPV vaccine strengthens cancer protection

WASHINGTON (AP) - The drugmaker Merck & Co. Inc. has received approval for an updated version of its Gardasil vaccine that protects against an additional five strains of the virus that causes most cases of cervical cancer.

December 10, 2014 | | Nation


Same gun used to kill 2 homeless

ATLANTA (AP) - The same gun was used to kill two homeless men who were shot as they slept, wrapped in blankets on the streets of Atlanta in separate slayings last month, according to Atlanta police.

December 10, 2014 | | Nation


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